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January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus.

New and returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits and enhance academic skills. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 3 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Classes begin January 3, 2022, and end January 21, 2022. Academic classes meet four days a week with Wednesdays reserved for additional advising, academic support, and cocurricular activities.

Three-week courses include opportunities for small group work, hands-on learning, and concentrated time with professors and classmates. Many students find that taking one course in an intensive and supportive environment is a positive experience.


New and returning students enrolled in J-Term will work with their core advisor, or a designated advisor if they are enrolled in an upper-level course. The Drake Center for Academic Support will also be available for face to face or online appointments during the term for any students seeking additional academic support for coursework.

The Library’s full collection of online and physical information resources is available to J-Term students, along with its study spaces. As during the fall and spring semesters, both drop-in support and online and face-to-face appointments are available.

Course Registration Process

Course registration opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Students should include second choices on their registration forms in case a course does not enroll or is over-enrolled. J-Term tuition is nonrefundable, so it is particularly important that students make use of the Add period to make course changes.

Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their academic advisor.

3000 level courses

BIO 3041 Special Topics: Conservation Biology—Brian Young

Conservation Biology is the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. Topics covered include: 1) the impacts of global warming, species invasions, and habitat destruction on biodiversity, 2) strategies developed to combat these threats, and 3) a consideration of key economic and ethical tradeoffs. Special attention will be paid to current debate and controversy within this rapidly emerging field of study. (3 credits)

Prereqs: BIO 1521 or BIO 1511 and WRT1011

HIS 3071 Personal History—Brian Cohen

This course focuses on student exploration of a topic of historical as well as personal significance using the tools and methods of historians. Examples of personal history will include common readings that embody their authors’ search for knowledge and understanding about people and events that lie beyond individual lives yet are powerfully connected to family experiences or a sense of identity. Using an online genealogy research program, students will construct a family tree and then investigate the historical background of their ancestors and/or an identity of their choosing. Throughout, students will explore ancestry in relation to such issues as race, ethnicity, religion, and social class. Students who do not wish to publicly share elements of their personal or family history, or of their personal identity, will not be required to do so. A final research paper will focus on providing historical context for a pivotal moment in their identity history. Beyond the specific projects related to personal history, students should emerge from this course with enhanced skills in research and source-based writing. (3 credits)

Prereqs: WRT 1012 and HIS at 1000 level with a C OR one 2000-level HUM (HIS, HUM, PHI, REL) course with a C.

2000 level courses

COM2051 Intercultural Communication—Eric Matte

This course focuses on the relationship between communication and culture. Students explore the ways in which cultural values, attitudes and assumptions are reflected in the communication process. The semester begins with a self-analysis of the students’ own cultural identities and communication styles. Students then examine verbal and nonverbal communication patterns from a cross-cultural perspective. The students work toward refining their oral communication skills by preparing oral presentations and leading group discussions.

Prereqs: WRT 1011, EDU 1011 or equivalent, and COM 1011 or equivalent.

1000 level courses:

ART 1221 Three-Dimensional Foundations—Cindy Ludlam

This introductory, hands-on studio course explores the materials and conceptual processes involved in the organization of matter and space. The parallel objectives of the course are the creation of compelling and poetic three-dimensional objects and the development of each student’s powers of observation, evaluation, and expression. Through an integrated series of problem-solving assignments, instructions, technical demonstrations, and discussions, students will explore the unique physical potential and limitations of various materials including clay, wire, paper, wood, and found objects. Students will produce a portfolio of projects and exhibit work in the student art show. The Art Foundations curriculum for the BA SA introduces the student to the language, concepts, materials and techniques necessary to enter into the more advanced courses that will constitute the Focus Area for students pursuing a BA in Studio Art. (3 credits)

NB: Students should expect to purchase materials for the course in lieu of $35 lab fee.
Prereqs: None

HTH1012: SpTp: Wellness: Online and Off—Todd Miller

This course explores current best evidence for behaviors that support physical and mental health and performance in a modern working environment. The world in which most of us live is very different from the one for which our bodies and brains have evolved. Considering current expectations for school and workplace technology use, students completing this course will practice developing habits that improve learning and remembering and overall healthy work-life balance. The focus will be on the relationship between lifestyle choices and the learning process, reflecting on how daily choices affect mental and physical well-being. Topics will include mindset, resilience, ergonomics, physical activity, sleep and diet. (3 credits)

Prereqs: None

ED 1021 Digital Literacy—Alicia Beth

Students today live in a digitally connected world. This credit course is designed to teach students the digital tools, behaviors, and ethics necessary to thrive in this ever-evolving technological landscape. Instruction is designed so that students interact with a variety of topics, including accessing and assessing information, understanding their digital footprint, using technology purposefully and ethically, managing digital communications, and protecting themselves online. Students will use digital tools to construct knowledge, produce artifacts, and refine their approach to living in a digital world.

Prereqs: None

Physical Education will not be offered during the 2021 J-Term, due to it taking place exclusively online.

Tuition cost is $3,840 for the 2021 J-term. Information typically found here regarding room & board and other programs like Study Abroad and Employment Readiness Experience have been removed, since the program is taking place wholly online.

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